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Keith, first let me say, I have thought you wonderful for years.  But last night, well, I'm done with you.  Had you been honest enough to publicly endorse Obama, then at least I would respect your next words, for they would have been the lies and distortions of an advocate.  However, your failure to do so makes you even less than what you criticize, for at least Senators Clinton and Obama admit they are politicians, advocating for their own election.  You pretend to be an uninterested observer, and are therefore a hypocrite and a liar, at least by omission.

I need no regurgitate your sham from last night.  Your outrage, your "concern" (can you be a "concern troll" on TV?), are well established.  So is your hypocrisy.

First, your complaint is not so much with what Geraldine Ferraro said, for everybody agrees that was profoundly stupid and offensive.  The Clinton campaign itself said:

Williams reiterated Clinton's rejection of Ferraro's comments -- "I do not agree with that and you know it's regrettable that any of our supporters on both sides say things that veer off into the personal," said the New York Senator -- before adding: "We reject these false, personal and politically calculated attacks on the eve of a primary. This campaign should be about the leadership we need for a better future and these attacks serve only to divide the Democratic Party and the American people."

But that is not the problem.  The problem is, you quibble with the word "regrettable," claiming it insufficient.  You also pretend Clinton is the first and only candidate to inject race into the discussion.  In that, well, there is no other term, you are a damnable liar:

Are you familiar with the name "Jesse Jackson Jr."?  Of course you are. Do you remember when he said:

   ...there were tears that melted the Granite State. And those are tears that Mrs. Clinton cried on that day, clearly moved voters. She somehow connected with those voters.

   But those tears also have to be analyzed. They have to be looked at very, very carefully in light of Katrina, in light of other things that Mrs. Clinton did not cry for, particularly as we head to South Carolina where 45% of African-Americans who participate in the Democratic contest, and they see real hope in Barack Obama.

or perhaps when he "played the race card" with black superdelegates:

He said Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois had recently asked him "if it comes down to the last day and you're the only superdelegate? ... Do you want to go down in history as the one to prevent a black from winning the White House?

How did Obama respond?  Well, to date, he has YET to respond to the second quote.  How did he respond to the first one?  Did you explode with outrage, more concerned with protecting the Party than his campaign?  Is it a campaign, or a suicide pact?  Let's see, shall we?

It turns out he waited a week, then decided, having gotten what he needed out of it, to declare a "truce," and at the same time pretend he was innocent:

"I don’t want the campaign at this stage to degenerate into so much tit-for-tat, back-and-forth, that we lose sight of why all of us are doing this," Mr. Obama told reporters at a news conference here. "We’ve got too much at stake at this time in our history to be engaging in this kind of silliness. I expect that other campaigns feel the same way."

...

"If I hear my own supporters engaging in talk that I think is ungenerous or misleading or in some way is unfair, I will speak out forcefully against it," he said. "I hope the other campaigns take the same approach."

I guess he just didn't "hear" Jackson's statements, eh?  Tell me Keith, is that a good defense for Hillary, too?  No?  Does the word "hypocrite" spring to mind yet?

Hillary apologized from Bill's comment in South Carolina about Jesse Jackson.  Has Obama apologized for Michelle's comment, her blatant appeal to race?

With polls showing African-Americans have yet to give overwhelming support to White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), his wife Michelle said "black America will wake up and get it" in an interview running on MSNBC on Monday.

And while we're at it, which candidate ran an ad saying the other "doesn't respect our people"?  Well, Obama.

Keith, some Hillary supporters have said stupid things.  The problem is, so have some Obama supporters, including his wife and his co-chair.  Why is it, then, that only the Clinton campaign deserves on of your "Special Comments?  

Originally posted to Palate Press: The online wine magazine on Thu Mar 13, 2008 at 05:20 AM PDT.

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